The poems below were written by three students of Daraja Academy during a class taught by campus volunteer, Sue Whitmore. By Lavender Akinyi, Form 4 Lovely sisters, I stand with pride Showing the world the beautiful Young woman I have become Questions arise from corner to corner Mummers
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By Chelsea Kincheloe Last Sunday, 14 teams ran to support the Daraja girls in Bay to Breakers, a race in San Francisco. Meanwhile, the Daraja girls ran to support their own education on campus in Kenya. This is what happened: “Today, we ran for our education, may it mean something
By Chelsea Kincheloe On Friday May 5th, 2017, Daraja held it’s 5th graduation ceremony. The girls have worked tirelessly over the past four years to complete their coursework and exams, as well as our unique Transition Program - which includes an internship in each girl’s chosen career path. As the graduates readied themselves
By Chelsea Kincheloe Hello everybody! Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read our blog. For those of you new to Daraja Academy, Karibu! (welcome in Swahili). I encourage all newcomers to explore our beautiful new website to learn more about who we are, and how we
Last Sunday, Deborah Santana and Carl Lumbly hosted a beautiful fundraiser for Daraja Academy at Futures Without Violence in the Presidio. The evening included an incredible musical performance by Salvador Santana, and a presentation by Founders Jason and Jenni Doherty on Daraja's growth and plans for the future. A highlight of the evening was the
By Chelsea Kincheloe A haiku is a Japanese style of poem consisting of 17 syllables. Each poem is composed of three lines. You cannot go over the designated syllables in each line. The first line consists of 5 syllables, the second line 7, and the third reverts back to 5. I’ve written
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Dorm Matron, Consolata. Conso gave so freely of herself to Daraja, and worked tirelessly for girls' education until her last breath. She had the kind of mother-daughter relationship with the Daraja girls that we wish all parents could have. She was generous
By Chelsea Kincheloe Here at Daraja, the girls love to perform! Here, Edith Achieng (Form 4) performs Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson. This same poem is painted on the walls of the Daraja campus, and can be recited by almost every single Daraja girl. I saw Edith perform this poem at
One of the things that makes Daraja Academy unique is the WISH (Women of Integrity, Strength, and Hope) curriculum. This is a series of classes devoted to improving the girls’ self-esteem, self-reliance, and leadership skills. The Daraja girls take the classes for all four years of secondary school. Campus volunteer Gloria Diamond recounts her
By Gloria Diamond Daraja girls are busy! From sunrise to sundown, their days are filled with classes, studying, and activities. As out amazing volunteer Gloria Diamond takes you through what a typical day looks like, ask yourself: do you have what it takes to be a Daraja girl? 6:00-6:45- Sport (Tuesdays/Thursdays) It’s tough - I’ve done
By Gloria Diamond Daraja is all about community. Daraja girls undertake 30 hours of community service a year, and are leading examples of girls who have become empowered through education. Volunteering at Daraja will introduce you to a network of non-profits serving the local community. Here are four of our favorites: (A
By Gloria Diamond Name: Gloria Diamond Age: 22 Hometown: Shudy Camps, England Volunteer period: January 10 - January 25 "The greatest lesson I have learned is that the power of education is limited if it is decided that only certain individuals should possess it. Share it, encourage it, distribute it